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Harriet Ross (Greene)

Also Known As: "Rit", "Slave of Mary Pattison Brodess", "slave of Edward Brodess"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Dorchester, Maryland, United States
Death: Died in Auburn, Cayuga, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Modesty Greene
Wife of Benjamin Ross
Mother of Harriet Tubman; Rachel Ross?; John Stewart (Robert Ross); Linah Ross; William Henry Stewart and 4 others

Occupation: slave
Managed by: Linda Kathleen Thompson, (c)
Last Updated:

About Harriet Ross

Harriet Ross was Harriet Tubman's mother.

Harriet Tubman was the fifth of nine children born to Rit Green Ross and Ben Ross. All of Harriet's siblings were enslaved by Edward Brodess, although at least five or six of the Ross children, including Harriet, were born on Anthony Thompson's plantation in the Peter's Neck region of Dorchester County, near the Black Water River at the end of Harrisville Road south of present day Madison. Thompson was the owner of Ben Ross and step-father to Edward Brodess. 

Brodess moved Harriet, her siblings, and her mother Rit, to his own farm in Bucktown, 10 miles to the east of Thompson's farm, sometime after 1823. He forced them to leave behind Ben and the extended familial and community relationships they had forged in the small black community near Thompson's plantation. (1)

Sources 

  1. http://www.harriettubmanbiography.com/id14.html
  2. Larson, Kate C. Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero. New York: Ballantine, 2004. Print.
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Harriet Ross's Timeline

1795
1795
Dorchester, Maryland, United States
1808
1808
Age 13
1811
1811
Age 16
1813
1813
Age 18
1816
1816
Age 21
1822
March 1822
Age 27
Cambridge, Dorchester, Maryland, USA
1823
1823
Age 28
1825
1825
Age 30
1830
1830
Age 35
1832
1832
Age 37